Sitting on Balmoral Beach many years ago, enjoying the sun and the sense of peace the ocean gives her, Sydney-based designer Marielle Collins watched a woman struggling to tie up her sarong. Collins always found a sarong to be unflattering; an uninspired design that made it difficult to be modest with the front always gaping open. This scene got her brain ticking. How could she improve on the sarong design to create something stylish, elegant and flattering for all women? Something that could transition from a glorious day at the beach to cocktails or dinner.
Collins created a few samples that grabbed attention; she was constantly asked where people could buy the unique design. With a busy life, the idea was shelved, until a few years ago when her mind started picking at it again. This time, she was determined to bring her idea to life. With years of fashion and textile industry experience, and her husband Jeremy’s art and design background, Collins hunted the internet for anything resembling her idea. She found nothing that trumped her design for adaptable resort wear.
Through trial and error, experiments with fabrics and friends… and a lot of prototypes, Collins created Skarong, a unique blend of dress, skirt, and top. It is a design so multi-functional it can be worn many ways, transforming from a flattering cover-up on the beach to luxe evening wear for a night of cocktails and canapes. Skarong is a unique patented design, with a cleverly placed seam, which flatters all figures and sizes. It can be worn as resort wear or evening wear. It is that adaptable – coming in three lengths (mini, mid and maxi), and four sizes. The breathable stretch fabric means a Skarong will not crease and is perfect for packing into an overnight bag or for an extended holiday. SKARONGs, in different lengths, colours and patterns, are all that many customers take on holiday; a wardrobe staple.
With Collins previous studies in Fashion and Textile Design at UTS and prior to launching Skarong, previous experience working for a number of years in the fashion industry, designing and illustrating for other labels and companies in all areas from daywear, corporate wear, bridal wear, evening wear and of course resortwear. Resortwear is my where her heart lies so it was natural to conceive SKARONG.
Passionate about the environment, Marielle Collins and husband Jeremy ensure each Skarong is made from quality and durable fabrics, ensuring it lasts season after season and doesn’t go to landfill. The duo are driven by a desire to be part of the change they want to see in the world, so they ensure the Skarong is ethically made here in Australia.
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